Our Mission

The objective of WestREAP (Westland Rural Education Activities Programme Incorporated Society) is to identify gaps in the provision of education for rural communities for all ages, and develop strategies to fill those gaps, either through REAP programmes or in collaboration with others. 

WestREAP has been operating for over 35 years providing educational pathways to local communities across the Westland and Grey districts, from Jackson Bay in the south, to Punakaiki in the north and east to Otira.​ WestREAP promotes community development, integrating education and the provision of information with activities in other sectors including health, social services, community organisations, Poutini Ngāi Tahu hapū and rūnanga and local government. WestREAP has recently supported the establishment of Te Hono o Ngā Waka, a kaupapa Māori social service agency for Te Tai o Poutini. WestREAP can act as an independent initiator and facilitator of community change.

Our Values


Nurturing relationships, looking after people and caring about others well-being with integrity


Connecting to those that are hard to reach geographically, socially and economically through learning opportunities


Creating a space of belonging and aroha for all those in our community


Supporting and enabling people to increase self-confidence by gaining new skills leading to greater autonomy


Adaptable and positive in meeting community needs

He tōtara wāhi rua, he kai nā te ahi!

If we are not united we will not achieve, there is strength in unity!

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Our People


Whare Iraia

Chief Executive

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Julia Lavers

Education Manager 

Team Leader Schools and Youth

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Jane Wellard

Administration Manager

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Kate Campbell

Team Leader Early Childhood Education

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Margaret Silcock

Finance Administrator

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Lynda Halliday

Adult & Community Programme Organiser

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Sally Richardson

Early Learning Facilitator

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Helen Reij

ACE Tutor

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Tracey Hutt

Early Learning Facilitator

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Kathryn Wells

Administration Assistant

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Abbey Johansson

Youth Services Facilicator

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Rachel Kahl

Youth Services Facilitator

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Dayah Patten

Early Learning Facilitator

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John Kennedy

Alternative Education Tutor

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Lashana Maclean

Playgroup Co-ordinator

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Kate Buckley

Creative Spaces Programme Leader

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Jenna Croft

WCDRS Information Consultant

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Cilla Raruve

WCDRS Information Consultant

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Krista Taylor

Early Learning Facilitator

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Jeffrey Kay

Board Chair

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Trish Roney

Board Member


Sarah Heney

Finance Administrator

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Jo Bares

SPACE Co-Facilitator

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Sue Pooley


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Alternative Education Tutor


Davida Simpson

Te Hono o Ngā Waka Kaiwhakahaere


Dani Tainui-Simon

Mokopuna Ora Kaimahi


Hayley Smith

Kura Kaimahi


Helen Breeze

COVID Support Kaimahi


Jenny Keogan

Rangatahi Kaimahi


Nikita Te Whata

Mokopuna Ora Kaimahi